Check out the results from the first practice session in Barcelona, where Max Verstappen has led a Red Bull 1-2.
The reigning World Champion was imperious in the first practice session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, popping in a 1:14.606 on the soft compound Pirellis to wrestle away top spot from team-mate Sergio Perez.
The Mexican driver had gone quickest with his soft tyre attack lap, with a 1:15.374 his best effort before switching back to the medium compound.
Having finished on the podium last time out in Monaco, Esteban Ocon was third fastest for Alpine and less than half a tenth off the pace set by Perez.
With the track layout having changed from last year, removing the clunky final chicane, the drivers spent the hour slowly ramping up the pace through the now-high-speed final corners, while focus was also given over to testing out the new prototype Pirelli compounds.
With Ferrari running two different configurations of SF-23, all eyes were on Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz as the Spaniard tried out the new upgrades, which includes a completely revised sidepod design.
But the session was inconclusive from an external viewpoint, with Leclerc ending up the quicker of the two as he placed seventh and a second off the pace, while also being 0.032s quicker than Sainz managed on the same compound.
Mercedes and Aston Martin also had quiet sessions, with Fernando Alonso the lead Aston down in sixth place, and George Russell in 10th as the lead Mercedes.
AlphaTauri’s Nyck de Vries split the Alpines, with Pierre Gasly in fifth. The French driver had a curious moment towards the end of the session as he made contact with Williams’ Logan Sargeant with the American apparently unaware of the Alpine on his inside, but the contact was inconsequential in what was otherwise a clean session.
Click here for our full FP1 session report.
2023 Spanish Grand Prix First Practice (FP1) Results:
- Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:14.606
- Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.768
- Esteban Ocon Alpine +0.812
- Nyck De Vries AlphaTauri +0.898
- Pierre Gasly Alpine +0.939
- Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +0.941
- Kevin Magnussen Haas +1.083
- Charles Leclerc Ferrari +1.088
- Carlos Sainz Ferrari +1.120
- George Russell Mercedes +1.147
- Lando Norris McLaren +1.177
- Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1.239
- Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo +1.300
- Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +1.309
- Lance Stroll Aston Martin +1.333
- Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +1.372
- Oscar Piastri McLaren +1.747
- Nico Hulkenberg Haas +1.855
- Logan Sargeant Williams +1.900
- Alex Albon Williams +2.024